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with intelligence services friendly to the united states. this case has raised a lot of issues all over again about our airline security, about how strong al qaeda still is these days, and about how many more of these could be out there. it's where we begin tonight with our justice correspondent pete williams in our washington newsroom. pete, good evening. >> brian, by all accounts, this is a remarkable success for the intelligence agencies of the united states and its allies. and here's why, they managed to insert a critical informant into the very heart of the terror group that's considered the number one threat to the united states. al qaeda's offshoot in yemen. administration and intelligence officials say by the time this most recent plot was in its final planning stages, the u.s. and its allies were able to follow it in detail. but the terrorists in yemen did not know at the time these officials say is that the person they chose to be the suicide bomber was actually an informant. someone who agreed to cooperate with an allied intelligence service. members of congress declined to be specific b
, and the united states markets to follow suit. although there has been considerable expectation as we've watched the story unfold in france that it would lead to this result, and cast some cloud over the efforts to enact austerity measures. and solve that debt crisis. >> of course, these austerity measures are being driven largely by the germans. is this creating a ripple across europe and more pushback against this concept? >> reporter: you are seeing a pushback against that, you're seeing it in the united states diminution for the republican zeal for the cuts. and you can expect democrats and president obama to go hard after them in the election on medicare and social security. the republican point of view, they've got to hope that the anti-incumbent message sent to sarkozy is repeated in november. >> john harwood, thanks. >>> let's talk about this country, exactly six months until our election day. this weekend, president obama officially kicked off his campaign, with rallies in a pair of swing states. though a lot of folks are quick to point out what sure has looked like campaigning from the
. it was at the palace the president met with karzai, and they signed a strategic agreement on what the united states relationship is going to look like after troops start to pull out in 2014. here's what the president said about that agreement. >> we came with a very clear mission. we came to destroy al qaeda. and we have enormous respect for afghan sovereignty and the dignity of the afghan people. together we're now committed to replacing war with peace. and pursuing a more hopeful future as equal partners. >> reporter: about an hour later, the president then addressed troops at bagram air force base. what was interesting here is how blunt the president was about what military operations are going to look like in afghanistan over the next few years. >> some of your buddies are going to get injured. and some of your buddies may get killed. and there's going to be heartbreak and pain and difficulty ahead. but there's a light on the horizon. >> now, what this is is an agreement to forge an agreement. that agreement is this, it's going to be both economic, aide as well as some sort of security force th
, virginia, the 9 to 12 states we think ultimately decide who the president of the united states is going to be. >> and savannah, a little bit of history. veterans picked bill clinton over george w.h. bush who is a world war ii veteran, and george bush over john kerry, who served in vietnam. this will be the first election since world war ii is which neither candidate is a veteran. savannah. >> nbc's kristen welker at the white house, thank you. >>> around the rest of the country, parades and tributes to the country's fallen service men and women this memorial day. that was the case in downers grove, illinois, and nbc's kevin tibbles was there. >> on main streets in small towns and big cities, they marched. in honor of those who have served, in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. >> god bless them. they're our children. those are our children. >> and lining the sidewalks, those old enough to remember and those who are not. for them, today is a day of learning. >> i think it's very important to impress upon them the sacrifices that other people make for the freedoms and t
. analysts say assad could stop them if he wanted. after months of threats, the united states today ordered syria's top diplomat expelled. >> he is no longer welcome in the united states. >> reporter: and germany, britain, france, spain, italy, the netherlands, canada, bulgaria and australia, all told syrian diplomats to get out. >> this is the most effective way we've got of sending a message of revulsion at what has happened in syria. >> reporter: but as the new video shows, assad isn't getting the message. and syrian forces still vastly outgun the opposition. and today, brian, the state department accused iran of aiding and abetting the shabiha, the pro-assad militia. activists say the shabiha is trained by iran and uses the same tactics that iran employed to crush its own rebellion. brian? >> richard engel starting us off tonight. richard, thanks. >>> and now to the crisis in northern italy, where a deadly 5.8 earthquake shook the region this morning. the epicenter was just northwest of bologna. the same area where an even stronger quake killed people just over a week ago. and once agai
it with other countries. washington isn't buying it. in a statement, secretary clinton said the united states will intensify pressure on, quote, assad and his cronies whose rule by murder and fear must come to an end. specifically, washington plans to lobby russia, one of syria's last remaining allies. the uk has also been sharply critical. >> we're absolutely sickened, and the british government and across the international community, over what we've seen over the last couple of days. >> reporter: in turkey today, activists protested in front of the syrian embassy. >> we are now facing a unified. >> reporter: while condemnations are building, immediate action against syria still seems unlikely. the united states has consistently opposed military intervention. critics say washington is hiding behind russian and chinese opposition, because military action would be too risky in an election year. so for now, washington is trying to rally an international anti-assad movement. it's a slow process. richard engel, nbc news, tel aviv. >>> to politics now. both president obama and his republican chall
with president karzai, the two signed an agreement, the united states will be contributing money and troops and security measures to afghanistan over the next 12 years. now, in addition the president went and visited with troops in afghanistan. both thanking them, but also sending the message this war is not yet over. and then finally, he moved over to another airplane hangar in bagram air force base and explained exactly what he signed and what he's agreed to do, to the american people. >> in2er national troops will continue to train, advise and assist the afghans when needed. we will shift into a support role as afghans step forward. as we do, our troops will be coming home. last year we removed 10,000 u.s. troops from afghanistan. another 23,000 will leave by the end of the summer. after that, reductions will continue at a steady pace with more and more of our troops coming home. as our coalition agreed, by the end of 2014, the afghans will be fully responsible for the security of their country. as we move forward, some people will ask, why we need a firm time line. the answer is clear.
countries wanted to downplay. >> this is a lose-lose proposition for the united states because the administration will be criticized for failing to stand up tall enough in defending him. >> there may no longer be a way to avoid offering chen political asylum if he wants it, which would further escalate tensions with china, which would have the final say over whether he could leave. >> andrea mitchell starting us off from washington, thanks. >> last night on our "rock center" broadcast, we aired for the first time anywhere, the behind the scenes record what it was like for the government officials we saw in the photo from one year ago. the night osama bin laden was killed by u.s. special forces. from the president on down, they talked with us about the risks and the tension in the broadcast which by the way we're re-airing tonight on msnbc, and we learned still more about what bin laden was up in to his final months and days in that secret compound in abbottabad, pakistan. jim miklaszewski reports on the new bin laden documents discovered after his death and just released today.
as much as $3.5 billion a year. >>> the director of the united states secret service has spoken publicly for the first time since last month's misconduct scandal involving prostitutes in south america. and at hearing on capitol hill today, it was revealed that what happened there may not be the first instance of that kind of misconduct. our justice correspondent pete williams has more. >> director mark sullivan came to apologize for a scandal that has shaken the secret service but insists his agency has no cultural problem. the dozen agents who invited women to their hotel rooms in colombia he said, did not put anyone in jeopardy. >> none of the 12 individuals had any sensitive security documents. fire arms, radios, or other security related equipment in their hotel rooms. >> but senators were highly skeptical it was an isolated incident. they reveals secret service records contain three complaints of inappropriate relationships with foreign nationals since 2007. in the salt lake city olympics in 2002, add least three agents left after being caught partying with underaged girls. and one
threat to the united states. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel reports on one of the most violent days in a long time in yemen. [ explosion ] >> reporter: the suicide bomber was disguised as a soldier. he tucked into a crowd at a rehearsal for a military parade in sanaa, detonated a bomb, and killed nearly a hundred people. yemen's defense minister narrowly escaped with his life. officials say it's likely the work of al qaeda in yemen. while the u.s. has decimated al qaeda elsewhere, the militant group has grown in yemen because the country hasn't had an effective government for a year. but the arab spring finally toppled yemen's former president saleh and the new president hadi is trying to re-establish order and crack down on al qaeda. u.s. military officials tell nbc news the new president has dramatically increased government-sanctioned u.s. drone attacks in yemen and american counterterrorism training. al qaeda clearly doesn't want to be driven out. experts say al qaeda is fighting to make yemen its new safe haven. this yemeni bomb maker is one of the world's most wan
the united states. officials are telling us the cia thwarted a plot by an al qaeda branch in yemen to detonate a bomb on a u.s.-bound jet liner using a powerful explosive and a more sophisticated new device intended to clear airport metal detectors. we're still learning more about this. it's where we begin with our justice correspondent, pete williams. pete, good evening. >> american officials are saying tonight this is a big success story for international intelligence. detecting the plot well in advance, monitoring it closely, and then shutting it down and actually recovering the device that al qaeda intended a suicide bomber to use. the target was to be a passenger airliner bound for the u.s. though officials say no specific flight had been chosen and no ticket had been purchased. the plot, they say, was to originate in yemen. and the potential suicide bomber had actually been identified. the plan was to use an upgraded version of the underwear bomb worn by mutallab who tried to set it off on a christmas day flight to detroit in 2009. that failed to work properly and simply caug
. >>> the director of the united states secret service has spoken publicly for the first time since last month's misconduct scandal involving prostitutes in south america. and that hearings on capitol hill today, it was revealed that what happened there may not be the first instance of that kind of misconduct. our justice correspondent pete williams has more. >> director mark sullivan came to apologize for a scandal that has shaken the secret service but insists his agency has no cultural problem. the dozen agents who invited prostitutes to their hotel rooms did not place bn in skiert. but senators were highly skeptical it was an isolated incident. they reveal that secret service records contain three complaints of relationships with internationals. in 2002, at least three agents left after they were caught parties with underaged girls and one uniformed officer was fired. cartagena senator said could not be the only time agents misbehaved. >> this is like a wound to a body. we have to get in it, find out what happened, clean it out, and then let it heal. >> the committee also disclosed that th
without its senior leadership, but we begin here with fresh evidence ofeft to attack the united states. the ci arx towahwarted a plot t detonate a bomb on a jetliner using a powerful explosive and a sophisticated new device intended to clear airport metal detectors. we're still learning more about this. it's where we begin with pete williams. >> american officials are saying tonight this is a big success story for international intelligence. detecting the device, monitoring it, and shutting it down. the target was to be a passenger airliner bound for the u.s. though officials say no specific flight had been chosen and no ticket had business purchased. the plot, they say, was to or originate in yemen. the plan was to use an upgraded version of the underwear bomb that was trided to set off on a christmas day flight of 2009. that failed to work and simply caught fire. he's now serving a sentence of life in prison. the latest attempt, officials say, including a different detonation system, but as with the earlier device, no metal parts. the u.s. is now evaluating whether the latest device
's chronically ill budget. >> the fact is california has been living beyond its means. the united states of america and its federal government is living beyond its means. >> among some of the proposed cuts, state employees will face furlough days and pay cuts, health care programs like those that serve the elderly will lose funding, as state prisons once again face smaller budgets. brown says part of the blame, the state's sputtering economy and the still struggling housing market. california's problem, but one states across the country face. >> what starts in california, good or bad, tends to spread across country. >> blaming republican lawmakers for blocking his push to raise taxes, the governor is now calling on voters in november to approve his spending plan. >> what i'm proposing is not a panacea but it goes a long way toward cleaning up the state's budget mess. >> this week, he turned to youtube to make his pitch. within hours of his announcement, protest from state employees and push back from republican lawmakers. >> we had two years of tax increases. it didn't eliminate the defi
a chance to meet with him, and he's concerned that he and his family now want to go to the united states so he can pursue his studies. >> a ct scan showed chen had three broken bones in one foot. injured while scaling a wall to escape house arrest. but doctors say no other serious medical problems. some republicans say the u.s. was too quick to let chen leave the safety of the u.s. embassy. >> if those reports are true, it would be a dark day for freedom. >> in a call to the associated press today, chen said friends who tried to visit him in the hospital were beaten, and his situation is still dangerous. worrying his supporters in the u.s. >> he should have been given more time in the embassy. to really think through his options, but again, it was a hurry-up offense to get him out. >> experienced diplomats said negotiating was touch and go because he changed his mind about staying in china after being reunited with his wife and learning how his friends and family had been abused. >> emotions are running high on everybody's part. we have a person who has been in prison for four years, been u
in the southwestern united states, so when you have that combined with the persistent heat and the forecast, that can make a bad situation even worse. >> reporter: so there will be more scenes like these from the gladiator fire. >> i stayed as long as i could and now i just hope for the best. >> reporter: the best would be a season of soaking rains and cooler .tos which are not at present in the forecast. mike taibbi, nbc news, los angeles. >>> the atlantic hurricane season doesn't officially begin for another couple weeks, but there's late word tonight that the first tropical storm in the atlantic has formed off the south carolina coast. alberto has maximum winds of 60 miles an hour. forecasters at the national hurricane center say it's possible they'll issue a tropical storm watch for parts of the carolina coast tonight. alberto is not expected to reach hurricane status. >>> overseas tonight, police are on the hunt for a bomber who set off a device outstied a high school in southern italy, killing one student and wounding at least seven others. the school is named after an assassinated anti-mafia p
of the united states right now was in a relationship with a woman who he left his long-time partner, the mother of his children, and the two had no plans to marry, and they declared it all none of our business? well, that pretty much describes the new president of france, a nation very different from ours when it comes to love and marriage and politics. nbc's jim maceda has our report tonight from paris. >> reporter: politically they're opposed, but francois hollande, the new french president, and nicolas sarkozy, the former have one thing in common, and everyone's talking about it. >> french voters given a choice a bureaucrat with a hot wife or a bureaucrat with a hot girlfriend. >> reporter: they're beautiful and significant others. but who takes the place of carla bruni? supermodel, singer, occasional hollywood actress. >> do you think it's possible to love two women at once? >> he loved them both, but in a different way. >> that's very french. >> reporter: already rich and famous, and notorious before she became first lady. >> i think carla brought a kind of discipline to sarkozy's life. he
. >> last year, doctors wrote over 55 million prescriptions in the united states for azithromycin. globally, sales totaled $1.8 billion. pfizer makes zithromax and released a statement today. we are thoroughly reviewing this observional study and patient safety is of the utmost importance to pfizer. back in brooklyn, doctors still see azithromycin as an important medication. >> for my practice, i will be more vigilant in looking for signs of cardiac disease for patients for whom i'm prescribing azithromycin. >> patients should talk to their doctors about considering an alternative antibiotic to z-pak, and for those with high cholesterol, risk factors like diabetes, high blood pressure, anything else that could put your heart at risk, is a conversation worth having and a reminder, this is an antibiotic. it doesn't work for a common cold. not for viruses and a second-line drug of choice. >> this will now get the attention of all physicians. nancy, thank you, as always. >>> up next tonight, a new tipping point. something has just happened in america for the first time in our history. it change
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